The Global Problem
According to the United Nations' Food Agricultural Organization (FAO), 2.37 billion people, or almost one in every three people globally, are currently suffering from moderate to severe food insecurity, the majority of whom are located in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Several factors are contributing to the rapid rise in food insecurity, including climate change, political conflicts, and socio-economic upheavals.
However, the food aid and rations provided by aid, charitable organisations and governments to those in need almost always fail to meet the nutritional requirements established by the World Health Organization.
The Long-Term Consequences Of Nutritional Deficits Include:
- increased risk of premature deaths
- physical and mental development impairments
- reinforcement of the poverty cycle
- reduced labour productivity
- increased risk and global burden of disease
- escalating social and financial costs